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posted February 21, 2004 10:20 PM
I think I might be over doing this. I was taught to spin the oil pump and turn the crank shaft simultaniously untill all the rockers oiled. Man... that is a job! It took me about a half hour to get that one last rocker to oil. The valve cover area was flooded and running out into the floor. The drill was hot as could be, and I thought my arm was gonna fall off from turning that wrench I had on the harmonic balancer bolt. Is there a better way?

posted February 21, 2004 10:41 PM
I just spin the oil pump until I get
good oil pressure on the gauge. Havent
had any troubles yet. make sure the bearings are well lubed when putting together. I
use straight stp.

posted February 21, 2004 11:51 PM
i took an old points dist and use that for a pump primer just weld a bolt to the top and turn it with an air ratchet but like yaz said i just prime till i get good pressure

[This message has been edited by racer17j (edited February 21, 2004).]

posted February 22, 2004 07:23 AM
Take that shaft out of the points distributor and smooth the top end off and put it in a good 1/2 inch electric drill and you can prime it well....very easy and takes all the work out of it


posted February 22, 2004 08:14 AM
Just till it gets oil pressure?
Would someone tell me how the oil is pushed up the push rods?

posted February 22, 2004 11:14 AM
it's not critical that you "turn it over" while you're priming it. just oil the top end with a squirt can before you fire it and it'll be fine.

Ego Racing
posted February 22, 2004 06:22 PM
ELJOJO If you are running solid lifters just get oil pressure but if you are running hydraulic you must get oil into the lifters, the only way to do it is rotate the engine but just do it slowly.

posted February 22, 2004 07:48 PM
thanks guys!

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